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25-Year Veteran Rick Watkins Joins CEI

He has been director of technical operations at the National Press Club and held editing and technical managing positions for Avid and ABC News.

Washington-area integrator Communications Engineering Inc. has named Rick Watkins, until recently the director of Technical Services at the National Press Club, to its sales team.

Watkins will be responsible for a variety of CEI clients, including TV stations and networks, houses of worship, post-production facilities and other media outlets.

Before working at NPC, over a 22-year period Watkins held production, editing and technical managing positions for Avid and ABC News, supervising production and technical staff on programs such as ABC News Nightline, 20/20 and World News Tonight. He later served as an account manager for Sony and Professional Products Inc., working with a wide range of broadcast and production clients.

“We’ve been moving quickly to bring in the quality people we need to keep up with our expanding sales, and Rick is exactly the kind of person we wanted to bring on board,” said Phil Whitebloom, vice president of sales and marketing for CEI. “He has an excellent combination of technical and account management experience that allows him to understand our clients’ challenges and requirements, so he will certainly be a great asset to the team.”